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ADVERTISER TESTIMONIALS "As local business owners and professionals, we are so lucky to have South County Magazine to reach our target customer through advertising and share our business 'stories" and philosophies through the editorial opportunities. Working with South County Magazine couldn't be easier. I was helped every step of the way - from the photography, writing and design - AND ALL AT NO EXTRA COST. Since participating, my business has tripled - a significant return on my advertising investment. Advertising with South County Magazine is simple, straight-forward and most importantly ... it works!" - Victoria Vannini, Howard Jones Salon, Dana Point

"It is an absolute pleasure advertising with South County Magazine. Wow! We were stunned by the overwhelming exposure and publicity from being on the front cover of South County Magazine. It put our Assisted Living Community on the map for South County. We felt special and like Rock Stars!"- Aileen and Paul Brazeau, San Clemente Villas by the Sea "Being new to San Juan Capistrano, I wasn’t sure what would be the best avenue for advetising and marketing. Thankfully I picked up a copy of South County Magazine at a restaurant and read the testimonials. They were not like any I’d seen – raving about the staff and Jody’s way of being more like a partner in your business than just an advertising publication. Jody met with me soon after I called. She listened to my goals and concerns, and then shared her thoughts and expertise with regard to what might be most effective for my unique business. Several months later, she is still in easy contact, never seeming like she’s trying to make a sale, but always wanting to be sure I don’t miss an opportunity to grow. Participating in South County Magazine has brought response from quality clientele who are interested in real life improvement. Also, the calls are often from past issues, so the ads last more than just the month. I cannot say enough about what an asset Jody and her magazines are to our communities and businesses." - Catherine Darras, Catherine Darras Hypnotherapy, San Juan Capistrano "With many options when investing my advertising dollars, I decided to interview and research the local publications before I made a decision. After several interviews, it was clear we would put our trust into Jody and South County Magazine. Jody is a delight to work with, giving above and beyond professionalism and attention to detail. I feel she truly cares about the success of my ad and my business. Thank you Jody, South County Magazine is the best!" - Mary McPherson, Awoken Life Brain Wave Optimization, San Juan Capistrano "After searching for the best bang for my marketing dollar, I thought I hit a wall until I found South County Magazine. Great customer service is a priority to me, so when I met Jody and the staff, I was very pleased. They are very organized with a family feel. They want the best for your business and it shows. The best part of South County Magazine - it works! I have received many amazing clients due to this magazine. Thank you South County Magazine you are the best! !" - Brittany De Anda, Bronze by Brittany, San Juan Capistrano "We have been in business for 9 years and we have always done advertising to reach new customers. Recently, we started advertising with South County Magazine and the calls began flowing in right away! Jody was so helpful and didn’t push us into a long-term contract. We believe that positive results are the only contract we need. We look forward to continuing to build our business even more with South County Magazine." - Scott & Suzie Sells, Spot Free Windows, San Juan Capistrano "Having built my business on word of mouth in the 40+ years I have been teaching piano, I was a little nervous about the process and cost of advertising in a print publication. But I couldn't be more pleased with how easy the South County Magazine staff made it for me - they really took the time to understand the message I wanted to convey, provided guidance on the best design ideas to communicate that message to potential clients and offered so many 'extras' that I didn't expect - and at no additional cost like complimentary ad design and an editorial feature on my business. There is no better vehicle for marketing your business to the local community than South County Magazine." - Irene Bressler, Tots & Keys, San Clemente

“Advertising in South County Magazine has truly been a blessing! As a “one-woman” show, it's a very secure feeling to know that I don’t need to find the time to “knock on doors” (to add more clients) because my ad placement generates enough for me to continually grow my business." - Stephanie Frisch, Insurance 101 AUGUST 2014



August 2014 Publisher Community Publications LLC. Editor Jody Robinson (714) 596-6611 jody@southcountymag.com Art Director David Perez Editorial Intern Jackie Grade Editorial Assistant Alex DeFelice Sales & Marketing Marlo Andersen • Anthony Arcurio Eric Bergstrom, Bergstrom Media Kim Roberson Distribution Managers Rolando Ruiz • David Starr Advertising Inquiries (714) 469-3495 Contributing Writers David Allen Beverly Blake Michelle Bryant Juris Bunkis, MD, FACS Denise Carson Jonathon C. Crowell Stephanie Frisch Nicole Howard J.A. Makena Marangu, MD Mary McPherson Tom Scott C. Lawrence "Larry" Thomas Cover Photography Chris Staab and Nicole Pittman-Staab, ROF Industries South County Magazine serves the communities of San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo and Aliso Viejo. We will strive to continually improve with each edition and welcome feedback from our readers. For questions or comments, please e-mail the editor at jody@southcountymag.com


Spotlight on: Total Floor Care 22 AUGUST 2014

Business Showcase: Water in the Garden 24 Preparing to Enter the Medicare System 26



Donna B's Bakery Celebrates 21st Birthday 28

OC Pharmacy - Custom Compounding Specialists

WWII Pilot Tours the Past 30 Massage for Your Teenager 36

Our Ever Changing Social Lives 10

Your Vulnerable Brain 42

It's Summer and the Air is Filled with Music 14 On Perimenopause, Menopause and Andropause 16

Hiring a Remodeling Contractors 44

Wunda Chair Works Wonders! 18 Q & A with Juris Bunkis, MD, FACS 20




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friends, stay in touch with family and and of course meet others with the same interests and ideals. Like any new "invention" with little barrier to entry, Myspace was soon utterly annihilated by Facebook. That utopian ideal is still there in some ways; however the concept of keeping our private lives separate from our professional lives was to become a matter of choice, a matter of necessity, and painfully for a lot of us the idea that we even have to make the choice at all, is astounding (#FirstWorldProblems).

Our Ever Evolving Social Lives by Jonathon C. Crowell s the first wave of social media hit the proverbial shores of the Internet in the mid-90s, I (like most future users) had little inkling as to the lightning quick speed of change the world would undergo. We used to regard invention as "genius," but the sheer volume of new technology, products and apps that seem to be introduced daily have left many users inured to the once-astounding advances.


The latest iPhone, for example, has an untold number of new applications that seem not to matter at all to the world at large, yet we clamor to be the first to queue up when the latest incarnation comes on the market. We were still mastering the fax machine when the true birth of our “socialized” lifestyle was introduced. And I use the term "master" facetiously -- even today, every machine operates differently. You'd think all the advancements designed to streamline our office communication would have made its process universal. But it begs the bigger question ... why are fax machines even still in existence?

In the mid-90s, the emergence of a "development" site called Geocities allowed users to build their own websites modeled after urban areas – a SimCity of the online age, if you will. Shortly thereafter, sites like Friendster surfaced, followed by Myspace, a wonderful concept to reconnect with old

Whether you are pro, con, or indifferent in regard to social media as a whole … it's clear that it's here to stay. The original concept behind social media was to bring people together. Our world has never been much smaller, and not just because of the Internet. The Internet is but a vessel for social media

Social media can be defined as simply as, “software which mediates human communication.” This past year social media became one of the most powerful sources for the world to receive news updates. No big surprise there. The irony is that your typical magazine has a 30 percent increase in readership – thanks in large part to digital pages, online advertising streams and the creation of content that readers still yearn for. Plus, who doesn’t still love to actually flip through the pages of their favorite publication? We as a society are thriving for a new constant bubbling source - forget the trickle, utterly disregard the river, we want a waterfall of information in any and all forms. If the advent of the Internet heralded a revolution for the dissemination of information, then social media could arguably be considered the revolution of all things "word of mouth." We can say what we want, when we want, to our social networks with impunity … mostly. Again thanks to Yelp, slander and defamation are legal again, or so it seems. Whether you are pro, con, or indifferent in regard to social media as a whole … it's clear that it's here to stay. The original concept behind social media was to bring people together. Our world has never been much smaller, and not just because of the Internet. The Internet is but a vessel for social media. The six degrees of separation we once knew as fact no longer exists, and likely never will again. If you are a person who strives for privacy - then head for the hills and turn off all your WiFi capable devices. If you are an “open book,” sit back and enjoy the next yet-to-be-seen tidal wave of “socialization."

Jonathon C. Crowell is a principal of American Gothic Social, LLP (AGS) which specializes in social media content, strategy, and platform management utilizing the newest and/or most respected tools for statistics to maximize any platform you are using to reach your consumer. He can be reached at (949) 274-4495. AUGUST 2014



Owner/Compounding Pharmacist MJ Kazemi (center) surrounded by the OC Pharmacy team (from left) Casey Ringler, Jacob Barby, Sadaf Bahadoran, Omeed Askari, Ellie Delune and Patteeh Manalo

Custom medications to fit the unique needs of each individual patient by Jody Robinson • photography by Chris and Nicole Staab, ROF Industries hen you’re feeling under the weather and need your prescription filled, there is something said for speedy service that is professional and above all: caring. Chances are, you’ve spent more time than you wanted to in the waiting room at your doctor’s office, you don’t feel well, and the last thing you want to do is stop somewhere else to fill your prescriptions. All of it is enough to make you want to call your mother to come take care of you. Well, that’s exactly what the folks at OC Pharmacy had in mind when they opened for business.


“It’s about being family. It’s about offering and delivering a higher standard of care for our patients,” says MJ Kazemi, owner of San Juan Capistrano-based OC Pharmacy. “OC Pharmacy opened in August 2008 on the premise that patients are people, not prescriptions. Big drugstores pressure pharmacists and their staff to increase their daily prescription count. We’re not about that here. We want people to feel welcome and comfortable when they walk in. Because we are so specialized in care, we make the time to listen to your needs and address any questions you might have. It’s also our duty to make sure you get a good deal for your medicine.” AUGUST 2014


A traditional pharmacy can only dispense commercial drugs from large brand and generic drug companies (such as Pfizer, Teva, Greenstone, etc.) – referred to as “Big Pharma” in the industry. A compounding pharmacy, on the other hand, can dispense those commercial drugs in addition to creating customized doses and combinations of drugs within a lab at the pharmacy. As an example of what a compounding pharmacy can do that a traditional pharmacy cannot: "A baby is born with organ failure. The doctor wants to prescribe a drug that doesn't exist in a dose safe for newborns. MJ can take the tablet form of the prescribed medication and make it into a solution of a lower, baby-safe, dose. The next problem is that many medicines have a coating that masks the flavor of the medicine and helps with digestion. When these tablets are crushed, the nasty bitter flavor is exposed. Through trial and error (or the baby's parents' input), MJ can find out baby's favorite flavor and create a pediatric dose of a medication in solution form. They can then provide a special pacifier that will deliver the flavored medication to baby without any fuss." “Some patients suffer from painful conditions where their nerves “fire” too fast sending constant pain signals to the brain,” says MJ.


the same dose of a drug to every patient - so why should our medicine be standardized?”

Customized care and uncompromising customer service Before mass production of medications, community pharmacists with compounding experience were more common. Today, these specialists are fewer and far between. But luckily for those of us who live in South County, OC Pharmacy is truly our “neighborhood” pharmacy with all the “extras” and personal attention to detail you won’t find in a chain-store experience. Add this to their free local delivery service (in San Juan Capistrano) and the large number of insurance companies they deal with and you are sure to become a lifelong fan. Even if you don’t “Most physicians will prescribe narcotics for the pain, but that doesn’t really address the live locally, they deliver for a nominal fee and will problem. We can make a topical pain cream that both helps quell the pain and calm the ship to California addresses. nerves down so they aren’t firing so fast. With that type of compound we address the problem – the nerve – and over time the patient requires less pain medication - thereby avoiding “We wanted to bring back the tradition of providoral narcotic addiction. There are cases where patients will even self-taper from oral nar- ing quality healthcare,” says MJ’s son Omeed cotics while using topical pain management compounds.” To create a particular pharmaceutical product to "fit the unique needs of each individual," MJ combines and/or processes appropriate ingredients, according to a physician's prescription, utilizing various tools in the compounding lab. This may be done for medically necessary reasons (i.e. changing the form of a medication from a solid pill to a liquid), to avoid a non-essential ingredient that a person may be allergic to, or to obtain a specific dose of a particular ingredient, or combination of ingredients, and dispensed in way that makes it easier for the patient to ingest or apply. The core of OC Pharmacy’s customer base runs the gamut from infants to seniors and everyone in between, for every imaginable ailment or disease condition that can be better treated with custom medications (compounds). “Fussy babies will take their medication with ease when it’s flavored and dispensed through our special baby-binky dispenser or baby bottle dispensing devices,” says MJ. “Many young athletes who are hurt on the field can use topical pain compounds instead of taking oral narcotics (and potentially heal faster!). Men and women who suffer from sexual dysfunctions can use customized compounds to help them resolve things in the bedroom. People going through menopause and andropause see magnificent benefits from bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) compounds. “Older folks with arthritis can find solace in our topical arthritis compounds. Diabetic patients can form painful open sores on their feet – sores that can heal much better with custom compounds designed to keep the wound clean and promote faster healing. The possibilities are endless. The sky is the limit. We believe compounding is the way medicine should be. Doctors don’t dole out the same diagnosis to everyone, nor do they recommend

Askari. “Because of this, we have grown so much and it’s our ultimate goal to be the top, if not only choice of personalized pharmacy in the area.” Speaking of growing, OC Pharmacy has their happy patients to thank for that! Word-of-mouth advertising has reached many local households, and people rave they have never felt more cared for and listened to than at OC Pharmacy. In addition to its stellar service, OC Pharmacy also offers immunizations, diabetic supplies and durable equipment such as wheelchairs and walkers.

state of the industry

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hile compounding pharmacies offer patients the alternative of a more effective, customized medicine, the industry itself is currently in a state of upheaval and uncertainty, according to MJ.

State of the Industry


Many national chain pharmacies are owned by insurance companies who wield influWhile compounding pharmacies offer patients the alternative a more effective, the industry itself is compoundcurrently in a ence withofpoliticians and drugcustomized companies. medicine, As a result, local, independent state of upheaval and uncertainty, according to MJ. ing pharmacies are finding it increasingly difficult to compete in an environment of unfair pricing and reimbursement practices, she says. Many national chain pharmacies are owned by insurance companies who wield influence with politicians and drug companies. As a result, local, independent compounding pharmacies are finding it increasingly difficult to compete in an of unfair pricing andmedicine reimburse“It’s imperative that patients who wish toenvironment have the option of customized make their opinions known to their local representatives and state policy-makers or having the choice of using a compounding pharmacy may be another casualty in today’s ever-changing healthcare industry.” AUGUST 2014



It’s Summer and the Air is Filled with Music by C. Lawrence "Larry" Thomas

San Clemente Sunrise Rotary Club's monthly beach clean-up (the July crew) at the base of the San Clemente Pier. Larry Thomas is the Immediate Past President.

t is a great time of year here in South Orange County. Each of our towns, attractions such as the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano and Casa Romantica, and even some of our neighborhoods offer a summer schedule of free concerts that bring out our citizenry and attract visitors from afar. There is something musical going on somewhere in South County every weekend and many week nights, mostly free.


Additionally we have our celebrations, special events, and festivals: the Ocean Festival in San Clemente, the Tall Ships Festival in Dana Point, the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo, Doheny Days at Doheny State Beach, the West Coast Film Festival in San Juan Capistrano, and the Taste of South County Mixer and Auto Show (a four chamber mixer held in SanJuan Capistrano in the Independence Bank parking lot). If you want to hear from the Bard of Avon, Dana Point has Shakespeare in the Park and San Juan Capistrano has Shakespeare Under the Stars. In our little corner of the world we enjoy our beaches, hiking, biking and equestrian trails that connect our towns, farmer’s markets in each town, parks and playgrounds, our pier, our harbor, our mission, miles of open space, excellent strolling and shopping, great, theaters, restaurants and bars… even a petting zoo.

All these wonderful community assets take dedicated citizens, both residents and businesses, to plan, organize, fund and manage. Some of the work is done by local government (cities and county) through volunteer commissions and committees, some by local non-profit organizations, and some by enAdditionally we have our celebrations, special events, and festivals: the Ocean Festival in San trepreneurs with a vision. Clemente, the Tall Ships Festival in Dana Point, the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo, Doheny Days at Doheny State Beach, the West Coast Film Festival in San Juan Capistrano, and the Taste At Independence Bank we support community of South County Mixer and Auto Show (a four chamber mixer held in San Juan Capistrano in efforts such as these with volunteer time, donathe Independence Bank parking lot). tions and sponsorships, and by providing the

At Independence Bank we support community efforts such as these with volunteer time, donations and sponsorships, and by providing the best banking services we can. In our view giving back is the key to good corporate citizenship and our duty to the communities we serve.

best banking services we can. In our view giving back is the key to good corporate citizenship and our duty to the communities we serve. After all, the more vibrant our communities are the better our economy will be. Everyone prospers.

C. Lawrence “Larry” Thomas is First Vice President and South County Regional Manager of ndependence Bank. The South County Regional Office is located at 32291 Camino Capistrano, Suite A in San Juan Capistrano. Larry can be reached at (949) 373-1578 or visit www.ibankca.com Note: Independence Bank employees are involved in Rotary Clubs, Kiwanis Clubs, Chambers of Commerce, Boys & Girls Clubs, the American Cancer Society’s Relays for Life in many communities, the Orange County Council on Aging, Cystinosis Research Foundation, and approximately 20 more causes and charities benefiting children, our military and their families, and those less fortunate. In the South Orange County Regional Office Larry Thomas, First Vice President, serves as Immediate Past President of the San Clemente Sunrise Rotary Club and Chair-elect of the Board of Directors of the San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce; Terry Ross, Vice President, is the Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce.




The Good News Replenishment of hormones to optimum physiological levels has been shown to alleviate symptoms of perimenopause, menopause and andropause. How do hormones fit into the aging process? Traditionally, we have been told that aging is inevitable and that progressive deterioration cannot be prevented. Fortunately, there is a revolution in science and medicine that now identifies aging as a disease. Mainstream medicine is now focusing on the prevention of the aging process rather than simply treating the symptoms of aging. One of the most important preventive therapies is bio-identical hormone replacement therapy for men and women.

On Perimenopause, Menopause and Andropause by J.A. Makena Marangu, M.D. or some, the years that encompass perimenopause, menopause, and andropause can mark a time of increased confidence, freedom and satisfaction. However, for many these years may be a time that poses challenges, particularly changes in energy levels and overall health. The good news is that there is an increased willingness to discuss these changes and to approach them in a positive and effective way.


Hormones are molecules that are manufactured in the endocrine glands, which include the adrenal glands, testes, ovaries, thyroid, pineal, and pituitary gland. As the body ages, the levels of hormones diminish. Specific hormone receptor sites in the cells tend to change with age and become less sensitive and more resistant to hormone stimulation, resulting in a decrease in cellular function, cellular repair, protein synthesis, and cell reproduction. Collectively, this results in the signs and symptoms of aging and can only be reversed by replacing our hormones to optimum levels. As the levels of hormones decline, so do our mental and physical capabilities. We lose energy, vitality, strength, and health. This deterioration results in osteoporosis, coronary artery disease, muscle loss, sleep disorders, depression, mood disorders, and decreased sociability in both women and men. By restoring these hormones to their appropriate levels, it is now possible to restore youthful zeal and energy, to strengthen our bodies and our minds. We can improve, even reverse many of the signs of aging that we have thought were unavoidable.

Unfortunately many of the hormones What is perimenopause? regularly prescribed are synthetic and Perimenopause is a highly individual experience. When are not identical to those found in the and how it begins and how long it lasts vary widely. human body. While these hormones may Perimenopause, the five to seven years leading up to somewhat resemble our own hormones menopause, is a natural transition in a woman’s life. Most women experi- and may accomplish some of the same tasks, they ence perimenopause between the ages of 45 and 55. are not what the body is used to and needs. The body tries to metabolize these foreign substances What is menopause? and may produce toxic by-products which can 3,500 women enter menopause everyday in the United States. Menopause cause side effects such as bloating, mood swings, is defined as no menstrual cycle for twelve months, but symptoms can water retention, weight gain and depression. begin as long as fifteen years before the cessation of menses. That National Institute of Health reports that in the US, the average woman stops men- The proper replacement of hormones involves restruating between the ages of 50 and 51. plenishing all of the deficient hormones back to optimal, more youthful levels using only bio-idenWhat is andropause? tical hormones. Which hormones to replenish, how Also known as male menopause, andropause is the condition caused by much to replenish and how to adjust the hormones decreasing hormone levels in men. is the art and science of the specialty of bio-idenAUGUST 2014



tical hormone replacement therapy. Your age-management physician can help you to achieve the quality of life you desire and deserve! How do hormones work to reverse symptoms of perimenopause, menopause and andropause? Hormones interact with each other to regulate the body’s functions. Your age-management physician will prescribe hormones in a perfect balance for your body. This is a case where One Size does not fit all. Your customized hormone program can eliminate the debilitating symptoms of perimenopause, menopause and andropause. Maintaining optimum levels of the following hormones can make a world of difference in your overall well-being and outlook: Estrogen and Progesterone – Estrogen has experienced a bumpy ride over the last four decades. Conclusions of studies such as the Women’s Health Initiative have left women scared and confused. But these studies have focused on the synthetic estrogen whereas bio-identical estrogen mimics exactly the estrogen produced by the body. Estrogen is essential for muscle tone, skin smoothness, hair texture, and sex drive. It may also help deter Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, and heart disease. Bioidentical progesterone should be regarded as the partner of estrogen. They balance each other and work synergistically to promote optimum female health. Progesterone boosts mood and well-being and helps stimulate bone growth and healthy heart function. DHEA – Studies have shown that this hormone has a beneficial effect on immune response, sex drive, metabolism, and emotional stability. DHEA’s effect on the immune system and its powerful antioxidant capabilities have demonstrated ageresisting potential. DHEA supports cognitive function, helps the body to cope with stress and protects against heart disease through its effects on the body fats and lipids. Testosterone – Although testosterone is the primary male hormone, women also benefit from its supplementation. Its levels decline with age in both men and women. At optimal levels, testosterone increases bone density and formation, enhances energy and sex drive, decreases body fat, increases muscle strength, lowers blood pressure and modulates cholesterol levels. Pregnenolone – Memory loss and lack of mental clarity can be some of the most frustrating aspects of aging. Studies show that pregnenolone may be beneficial against age-related cognitive decline. Melatonin – Melatonin regulates the circadian rhythm as well as the deep stages of sleep. Studies suggest that the immune system is stimulated during these restful periods. In the 1997 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, melatonin was extolled as the valuable antioxidant and a potential anti-cancer agent. Studies show that the melatonin can help to eliminate free radicals, induce youthful sleep patterns and possibly slow the aging process.

Thyroid – The metabolic hormone secreted by the thyroid gland regulates temperature, metabolism and cerebral function. Insufficient levels of thyroid result in fatigue, increased cholesterol levels, and an increased risk of coronary artery disease. Low thyroid can cause fatigue, constipation, dull hair, dry skin, and weak nails. Also, individuals suffering from low thyroid may feel constantly cold, particularly experiencing cold hands and feet. How to get started? Your age management physician will conduct an initial consultation that will include history and physical as well as laboratory work-up. Based on the results of these and other evaluations, your physician will formulate a hormone replacement program tailored just for you and your special needs. Your customized program will include prescriptions as well as recommendations for appropriate dietary supplements, exercise, and nutritional guidelines designed to restore your hormone and quality of aging to optimum levels. Your customized program will also include continued monitoring of hormone levels as well as symptoms.

Testimonials "In my 40s and 50s, I had a very stressful job in law enforcement. I suffered from migraines and my energy had started to wane. This was about a decade ago in an era when many physicians simply 'diagnosed" my symptoms as premenopause and menopause and sent me home with a prescription for synthetic hormones which only made my migraines worse. I met Dr. Marangu in 2002, who was clearly an innovator in the field of natural hormone replacement therapy - she put me on Bio-Identical hormones. It has literally changed my life - I haven't had a migraine in a decade. With Dr. Marangu's help, I lost 43 pounds in 4 months. My overall health has greatly improved, I feel better than I ever have and I'm blessed to be so healthy in my retirement and I have Dr. Marangu to thank for that." Sharon Ruiz, San Clemente "I knew my body was changing and didn’t know how to help myself. I was experiencing depression, catastrophic mood swings, crying for no apparent reason, mega hot flashes, and lack of libido, among many things. After seeing Dr. Marangu's advertisement, I made an appointment. Today, my body and life are back to normal and I have lost 38 lbs. Hallelujah! It is so amazing to experience life at 56 and feel on top of the world every day. Thank you Dr. Marangu so much for your care! - Kathy, Dana Point

For more information on bio-identical hormone therapy, call J.A. Makena Marangu, M.D. at (949) 443-4313. AUGUST 2014



Wunda Chair Works Wonders! by Nicole Howard and Cara Fraser The Wunda Chair, funny name, big results. If you’ve never experienced a workout on the Wunda Chair you should. Simple in design, the Wunda Chair is a wood box shaped like a chair. There’s a pedal attached to the bottom via springs. The inventor Joseph Pilates, had high hopes that one day every household would be participating in his unique form of exercise. The Wunda Chair was supposed to bring this all to fruition. Designed to be a home gym system that conveniently converted into a chair making it a versatile piece of home furnishing. The Wunda Chair truly does wonders for the mind and body. Pilates incorporates two varying ways of participating. One way is by using the pilates equipment, which emphasizes overall core stability, plus the isolation, strength and flexibility in certain muscle groups. The chair was one of the many pieces of equipment he invented to challenge the body to gain these desired outcomes. Due to the simplicity of the chair, a myriad of exercises can be performed on the chair by sitting, standing on or around, and even laying on it. Many of the exercises are based around resistance training, but going beyond that, the chair also taps into what is know as open/closed-chain kinetic movement in the body. Open-chain kinetics is when the body moves through space while minimal body parts are fixed to a surface. Types of open-chain kinetic movement include daily activities, as well as regularly played sports like basketball. The opposite is closed-chain movement, which is when a part of the body (i.e. hands, feet, or spine) is in a fixed position against a surface. For example, a bench press, push up, or chest lifts are types of closed-chain movement. The chair not only can do closed-chained exercises, but has many open-chained exercises that challenge correct postural alignment to gain core strength in a more functional manor. The repertoire on the Wunda Chair is extremely versatile, ranging from a fundamental to an advance level. It is an integral apparatus for everyone, providing benefits for overall body awareness, fitness and health. To experience a workout like never before try the Wunda Chair, it truly does wonders.

Connect with the Align Pilates team by calling (949) 481-3577, stop by the studio at 26850 Ortega Hwy., Suite K in San Juan Capistrano or visit www.alignpilatescenter.com AUGUST 2014







Because Jose worked his way up through the ranks to become maintenance and distribution manager for CBM Carpet Cleaning and Handyman Service and eventually took over as the company’s operations manager, he has firsthand experience in every facet of the industry. As CBM grew, Jose received continual ongoing education training and earned his certification in order to be able to hire and personally train the company’s technicians and worked alongside several flooring franchisees in the testing of products. By 2012, Jose was spending much of his time on the road overseeing installations and restorations and wanted to work closer to home to spend more time with his family and Total Floor Care was born.

Total Floor Care

Jose specializes in “preserving your stone’s natural beauty and maintaining and/or restoring your flooring to like-new condition.” His scope of services include stone and granite repair, granite countertop polish and sealing, concrete staining, marble/natural stone cleaning and polishing, flagstone and pavers and tile and grout maintenance.

by Jody Robinson

One of the perks of publishing South County Magazine is that I am provided a venue to share with our readership personal experiences with local business owners like Jose Bautista, owner of the (CITY NAME HERE) Total Floor Care. Jose helped restore our granite kitchen countertop to like-new condition (after someone who shall remain nameless left a can of cleaner on top of the counter long enough for the chemicals to mar the surface with a glaring white ring). When we moved into our new home a few months ago, we called Jose again – this time to see if he could work his magic in restoring the dull marble and travertine flooring in our entryway and master bathroom.

Jose specializes in “preserving your stone’s natural beauty and maintaining and/or restoring your flooring to like-new condition.”

For Jose Bautista, owning and operating his own business is a true “family affair.” What started as a part-time position at his brother’s tile and carpet cleaning company nearly two decades ago has evolved into his own thriving business serving all of Orange County’s stone and granite repair needs.

“With proper care, we can extend the life of your flooring investment,” says Jose. “I pride myself on customer service and believe that’s what sets Total Floor Care apart. I provide free demos to ensure there’s a clear understanding of expectations. I also provide multiple options to customers and try to educate them on proper maintenance And again, his work more than exceeded our expectations – the results were such a dramatic improvement after the floors have been cleaned and we can’t speak highly enough of the care and time he put into the projects … you would have thought or restored. he was restoring stone in his own home. “I don’t leave until the job is well For Jose Bautista, owning and operating his own business is a true “family affair.” What started as a part- done and the customer is happy time position at his brother’s tile and carpet cleaning company nearly two decades ago has evolved into with the results. Big or small, every job is important to me.” his own thriving business serving all of Orange County’s stone and granite repair needs.

To connect with Jose and Total Floor Care, call (949) 637-6840. AUGUST 2014







Water in the Garden by Jody Robinson

A koi pond is clearly much more than a backyard water garden feature. It is a living, breathing eco-system which requires the expertise of a pond professional. for the previous homeowner for several years and it was clear from our first meeting that he was committed to quality care and customer service. Serving Orange County since 1999, Glenn specializes in “total koi pond and water garden maintenance,” repair, construction, hen we moved into our new home last year, the property came pond and filtration design and consultation. with a very pretty pond stocked with colorful koi and goldfish. But for someone who can barely keep a potted plant alive, the Aside from feeding the fish, Glenn literally takes care of everyprospect of being responsible for the livelihood and longevity thing during his weekly visits, including removing excess debris of these beautiful fish was daunting – I don’t have a clue about and dead plant matter, inspecting the pond equipment for the right ratio of additives in the water or the importance of proper function and making adjustments as needed and inspecting the fish for signs of distress algae or how to combat fish disease. or disease. He also tests the water A koi pond is clearly much more than a backyard water garden feature. It is a quality, back-flushes the filters and living, breathing eco-system which requires the expertise of a pond profes- adds bacteria or other agents as needed and offers 24-hour emergency sional. service. In short, he keeps our pond Thankfully, we also inherited the services of Glenn Cecil, owner of the South looking beautiful and our fish healthy County-based Water in the Garden. He had maintained this particular pond and happy.


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Preparing to Enter the Medicare System by Stephanie Frisch

Many people are postponing the age they go on Medicare because they’re working past age 65 and keeping employer benefits or they get health insurance through their younger working spouse. These people have a Medicare card, but only the Part A portion is active, with an effective date generally being the first day of the month and year they turned 65. If someone takes their Social Security prior to age 65, then the government knows when they are turning 65 and sends them their Medicare card with both Part A and Part B active. The government then informs them that if they don’t want to use their Medicare health benefits at that time to mail the card back and then those people get a card with just the Part A portion active. Once they lose their group coverage, they must then activate their Part B or face late enrollment penalties and possible delays in enrollment into Medicare.

It’s been around now for 48 years, yet not a week goes by that I don’t meet someone that has NO idea how to start the enrollment in Medicare process and what Medicare covers and doesn’t cover. Individuals who are delaying receiving Social Security but turning 65 can activate their Part B portion of their Medicare online Frequently I’ll meet with peo- at www.Medicare.gov. Those that are turning 65 and want to ple who think because they start taking Social Security and activate their Part B Medicare have a red, white and blue Medicare card in their wallet, that they must have need to make an appointment with their local Social Security full Medicare benefits. Many times however, the only portion that is active is office to complete the process. I’m told that sometimes in these the Part A portion which everyone gets once they turn 65 if they paid into the situations Social Security offices will take walk-ins, but it’s not Medicare system. (This means working 40 quarters and having the appropriate guaranteed. Also, if it’s a last minute dash due to someone not taxes taken out of your check during that time). An individual must have both knowing the enrollment protocol, Part A and Part B active to enroll in a Medicare Advantage or Medicare Sup- they will usual go out of their way to plemental plan. make it happen.

Stephanie Frisch is the owner of Insurance 101 and is an independent insurance broker dedicated to helping others make “educated decisions” about their insurance choices when it comes to Medicare, Long-Term Care Planning, The Health Insurance Marketplace-Covered California and Life Insurance. For answers to your questions, or an in-home, no-fee consultation, call (949) 351-2443.




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Donna's grandson Jayden loves his Grandma B's cookies!

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Donna will be hosting an Open House Free Cookies • Refreshments Samples of specialty cupcakes, cakes and more! Saturday, August 23 from 12pm-3pm Donna B’s Bakery 26022 Cape Drive, Suite B Laguna Niguel

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one-of-a-kind seasonal cakes, special occasion cakes, beautiful wedding cakes, "new home cookie boxes," care packages and sweet treats for virtually every imaginable event. Donna and her staff do cookie dough fundraising for local schools, churches, organizations and “anybody who has an entrepreneurial spirit who might need to make money.” “I believe our business is different then other bakeries because I love to help fund raise our cookie dough and cookies,” says Donna. “I love to see people succeed by teaching them how they can raise money for their causes with our products. I believe what goes around comes around. When you give, it comes back to you tenfold. I don't worry about being a millionaire on paper, but I would rather be a millionaire in my heart.”

Named for its founder, Donna Bielke Billman, the Laguna Niguel-based operation turns out what is arguably among THE best gourmet cookies, cookie dough, custom cakes, wedding cakes and yummy desserts in South County. I just brought an assortment of her cookies home a few days ago and it was all I could do to keep my kids (and my husband for that matter) from eating them all in one sitting. They are so good, it’s not surprising to find out that Donna’s entire business model started with her dough. As a single mother in 1987, Donna sold her cookie dough once a month to fellow employees in order to earn extra money to pay the bills.

I have to say I’m pretty happy Donna B’s is so easily accessible for those of us lucky enough to live in South OC. Visit her bakery or discover Donna's dessert bars at a variety of community events, including the Taste of San Juan and Music Under the Stars at the Mission SJC.

Donna started out small, giving out samples at local nail and hair salons. Before long, she was so busy that she was forced to rent a space at a local bakery to fulfill orders. Not long after that, she bought the bakery and the rest as they say “is history.” Donna's business may have started with her signature cookie dough, but today, Donna B's Bakery also turns out

Mention South County Magazine for the following specials: Buy Six Cookies, Get Six Free!; $5 Off a Tub of Cookie Dough; and 10% Off Any Cake Order. Connect with Donna by visiting the bakery at 26022 Cape Drive, Suite B in Laguna Niguel, by calling 949.367.0100 or by visiting www.donnab.com AUGUST 2014



"Well, you got me," she said. Mary emerges from her reverie as she hears the roar of an airplane flying over her patio in Laguna Nigel. "I hear an airplane," she says, looking up. "You, lucky devil!" Mary, 95, reminiscences in the company of her daughters, Susan Mullins, 60, of Los Angeles, and Eileen McDargh, 63, of Dana Point. From behind a video camera, Donna Miller of Hospice Care of the West records the life-review by guiding Mary, who is battling dementia, on a tour of her past.

WWII Female Pilot Tours the Past

Mary relives the first time she took flight. Her boyfriend was a flight instructor, she says. After many days of watching other people go up in the skies above Pennsylvania, Mary turned to her boyfriend and said, "How much to go up?" "Nothing, for you," he said. She climbed into the cockpit. Once above the clouds, he asked Mary if she was ready to take over. With ease, she flew the plane.

by Denise Carson "You're a born pilot," he said. Not much later, Mary bought a plane of her own.

hortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, young men in small towns across America united and lined up at the enlistment offices to serve their country at war.


Since there were so few pilots to serve in combat during World War II, the military was searching for women to fly military aircraft stateside to free up the male pilots to send overAt 28, Mary Reineberg Burchard peered out the window of her seas. About 25,000 women volunteered to join Women Airforce Service Pilots. medical practice at the young enlisOnly 1,830 were accepted and left their jobs and famitees marching off to war on the street lies to train at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas. below in York, Penn. These women trained to fly all military aircraft, includMary, known to everyone in town as ing B-26 and B-29 bombers. At the end of the rigorous "Dr. Mary," left her podiatry practice training, 1,074 women aviators graduated with their and visited her father in his shoe wings to become the first women to "Fly the Army store. Way." "I want to join the military," she said. Mary was nicknamed "Doc" by the other fly girls. "What will you do, girl?" he asked. Mary received the Congressional Gold Medal along with "Well, I can fly." the other 300 remaining WASPs.

And a few courageous women.

When her father finally gave his blessing, Mary marched down to city hall with her flight log in hand. The enlistment officer read her log and said, "We've been looking for someone like you."

As a nation, we've reached a point where one in four Americans dying is a veteran. Just like Mary, many of the veterans are not in Veteran Affairs facilities. In fact, fewer than 4 percent of veterans are spending their final days in VA care. Community hospices are answering the call.

Denise Carson wrote the book "Parting Ways: New Rituals and Celebrations of Life's Passing" and blogs. The book is available at University of California Press oramazon.com. For more information visit: Ourlifecelebrations.com • Contact the writer: denise@denisecarson.com To learn more about Hospice Care of the West, visit www.HospiceCareoftheWest.com Serving Orange County and the greater LA areas. (800) 405-1159. AUGUST 2014



Hospice Care of the West has a program called We Honor Veterans, founded by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Department of Veteran Affairs, which provides special care for our veterans at the end of life. Every veteran who comes on service is identified with the military checklist interview. The hospice team learns the branch of the military, time of service, combat and possible VA benefits. They honor every veteran's service with a pinning ceremony and life review video. This knowledge guides the plan of care. The most important aspect of We Honor Veterans is inviting veterans to share their stories. Hospice Care of the West encourages veterans like Mary to have a life review video recorded to preserve their history for their family and generations. The experience is memorable for the veteran and the whole family involved in the life review. For Mary those memories are mostly positive, except that her service in the military was cut short. After graduation, she reported to Marana, Ariz., to serve as a test pilot for the AT-6, a plane used to train men for combat. She rocked and rolled the planes in the most strenuous flight conditions. Within in a year, she received a telegram saying her service was no longer needed. Still wanting to serve, she joined the Red Cross and went to Italy to open social canteens for soldiers awaiting orders to return home. "I would dance my feet off," she says chuckling. Mary recalls playing piano and singing in the recreation halls. At the end of the war, she rode home on a troop ship where she met her husband Jack McDargh. Mary also reflected on becoming a mother to twins, John and Eileen, then later Susan. During the interview, she and her daughters sing together just as they did when the girls were young. Mary's daughters lean in to get closer to their mom and then they hug. "You are the best mom in the world," Susan says. Eileen echoes the sentiment. "You know I love you more than you know," Mary says embracing her daughters. For a moment, the veteran pilot basks in the warmth of their affection. Donna asks. "What do you want your family to remember about you?" Mary beams as she looks at her daughters. "I was very daring!" AUGUST 2014





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Massage for Old Injuries by Michelle Bryant Massage works best for soft tissue injuries to muscles and tendons and is most effective in releasing adhesions and lengthening muscles that have shortened due to compensatory reactions to the injury. Tight and fibrous muscles not only hurt at the muscle or its tendon, but can also interfere with proper joint movement and cause pain far away from the original injury.

Ancient Injuries Don't Have to Make You Feel Old njuries such as chronic back pain, trick knees, and sticky shoulders are not necessarily something you just have to live with. Massage techniques might hold the key to unlocking this old pain.


Will Massage Help? The benefits of massage will depend on the extent of the injury, how long ago it occurred, and on the skill of the therapist. Chronic and old injuries often require deeper and more precise treatments with less emphasis on general relaxation and working on the whole body.

It Works! A recent Consumer Reports article ran the results of a survey of thousands of its readers and reported that massage was equal to chiropractic care in many areas, including back and neck pain. Massage also ranked significantly higher than some other forms of treatment, such as physical therapy or drugs. If that nagging injury persists, consider booking a massage. Be sure to discuss the injury with your practitioner: How did you receive the injury? Have you reinjured it? And what exactly are your symptoms? Often, the body compensates in one area to protect another that has been traumatized, and this can create new problems. Discuss the issues with your massage therapist. (Sometimes just talking about old injuries can play a significant role in the healing process.) Together, the two of you can work to determine a treatment plan.

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Your Vulnerable Brain Bumps to the head can impact your brain for years to come by Mary McPherson

What we don’t often realize is these blows to the head can create a number of conditions that will develop in the months and years following the injury - ADD, headaches, anxiety, depression and many more. In fact we’re seeing it now with our professional athletes where research studies are finding that so many repeated blows to the head from playing football, soccer, etc. has a lasting adverse effect on the Neuro Net.

ow many times have you bumped your head throughout your lifetime? My granddaughter slipped and fell on a marble floor running through the kitchen in her socks when she was three years old - the blow to the back of her head sent blood flying in all directions. Rushing her to the hospital, we realized she was going to have a concussion. She will never remember that incident, yet in that moment the Neuro Net of her brain went into shock and her brain activity ramped up to start the healing process.


Often times the impact of the injury isn’t apparent immediately after the injury – in the weeks and months after a blow to the head, look for signs of stuttering, lack of concentration, possibly drifting off (or what we would call daydreaming), irritability, defiance, disassociating with friends and even feeling anxious and argumentative.

Concussions or head injuries from sports, automobile accidents, hard blows to the head, falling and hitting your head – almost everyone either has a similar story or knows someone who experienced a head injury. When I was a young girl I was hanging upside down from the top of the swing set and fell straight on my head.

If you notice yourself or your child exhibiting any of these symptoms or behaviors after a blow to the head there is help. Having a brain assessment after an injury is a helpful tool to see if the injury has actually created damage to the neural pathways.

Mary McPherson is the founder of the San Juan Capistrano-based Awoken Life Brainwave Optimization, where she helps adults and children achieve brain balance and harmony in order to live healthier, happier, and more abundant lives. Neurotechnology “Brainwave Optimization” helps the brain to reconnect the neural pathways after an injury. Connect with Mary and Awoken Life by calling (949) 661-6909 or visit www.awokenlife.com.




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Hiring a Remodeling Contractor

by David Allen

hile we all know that remodeling isn’t rocket science, we have also either experienced personally or heard of projects exploding on the launch pad or soon after take off. While this is not completely avoidable, asking the right questions will do more than anything else to increase the chances for your projects success.

several complaints between the two, rest assured it is only the tip of the iceberg and indicates a negative pattern.

Before I get to the “right” questions, here’s a short “Don’t List”:

Ask the contractor how many jobs, conservatively speaking, he completes each month. If he says four, then ask for at least 12 references for work completed in the last six to nine months. This is less than half the jobs completed in that period of time if his number is accurate, and is a large enough reference pool to demonstrate a pattern of pleasing clients. If he is unwilling or unable to provide such a list then he either exaggerated the amount of work he does or he doesn’t consistently satisfy clients. Neither one of these is positive, though a bit of exaggeration can be forgiven while failure to satisfy clients consistently cannot be overlooked.


If the contractor provides the previous information, and doesn’t have a record of complaints, the next request will be for references. This is where the wheat is separated from the chaff and where homeowners often fail to winnow thoroughly.

• Don’t give your hard earned money to a contractor working out of his truck. • Don’t fail to call the references (call them all) • Don’t end up holding less than 25% of the job cost at the end (it’s called leverage) The following questions and requests for information are not exhaustive. They’re just a few that should be included in interviewing contractors when two conditions exist: 1. The contractor is not already well known by you (and I mean really well known) 2. The project is of significant value or complexity (i.e. costing more than $10,000). Let’s start with the basics; you will want to ask for: • Contractor’s license number or printout from the Contractor’s State License Board. This will allow you to see the type of work the contractor is licensed to perform and any complaints filed against him with the board, including the result. (i.e. license suspension) • Liability Insurance certificate to cover any damage to your property caused by the contractor, directly or indirectly. • Workman’s Compensation certificate to protect you in the event that a workman is injured on your property. • Better Business Bureau report. This will show complaints against the contractor made to the bureau including if and how they were resolved. Note: Most people won’t go to the trouble of filing a complaint with either the BBB or the CSLB. Consequently, if you see

Ask that the contractor also include at least one client (two is better) with whom there was an issue that was satisfactorily resolved. This will indicate how the contractor deals with inevitable problems. Call all the references and ask: • On a scale of one to ten how would you rate the contractor’s overall performance? • Would you hire him for other projects? • Were there any negative surprises during the project? • Did the contractor and his workmen communicate with you satisfactorily? • What could the contractor have done to improve you experience with him? These questions should enable you to find a qualified contractor though perhaps not the cheapest. In another article we will cover questions and requests for the contractor you have selected in order to arrive at an agreeable price and clear understanding of what to expect. Happy Remodeling!

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Doctors don’t dole out the same diagnosis to everyone, nor do they recommend the same dose of a drug to every patient so why should our medicine be standardized? The OC Pharmacy family consists of pharmacists who hold PharmD degrees from excellent schools and are registered pharmacists (RPh) in the state of California, Certified Pharmacy Technicians and an administrative team largely comprised of MJ and her family members. In addition to always “striving to go the extra mile for the patient,” Omeed adds that OC Pharmacy is part of a professional organization called the Professional Compounding Centers of America (PCCA), which allows MJ and her staff access to thousands of compounding formulas, ideas and resources. “Some ingredients we use can only be purchased from PCCA, and to do that you must be a member,” says Omeed. “The organization is constantly researching and developing new medication delivery vehicles that helps put us on the cutting-edge of industry knowledge to better serve our clients. Because patients and their specific conditions are unique, each individual’s medicine should be uniquely created for them.”

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SUMMER CONCERTS DANA POINT Every Sunday from 2:30 to 6pm throughout the summer, a different band will rock the Dana Point stage. Bring a blanket, lie out on the soft grass and enjoy the sounds of summer. Refreshments will be available at the concert, with proceeds benefitting local non-profit groups. The first two concerts (Aug. 3 and Aug. 10 will be at Sea Terrace Park - PCH and Niguel Road. The following two concerts (Aug. 17 and Aug. 24 will be held at Heritage Park - 34400 Old Golden Lantern). For info, call (949) 248-3530. August 3: The Fabulous Ultra Tones (Variety Dance Band) & Sam Morrison Band (Southern Rock) August 10

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SAN CLEMENTE It’s the Annual Beach Concert Series, “Bringing the Bands to the Sand!” Enjoy live music on the beach as the sun sets over the ocean. Stop by the San Clemente Pier at 6pm. For info, call (949) 361-8264.


July 31: Kenny Cetera/Tribute to Chicago


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Beginning at 6:30pm, Music Under the Stars Concert Series will feature a primarily tribute band lineup, celebrating a variety of timeless and nostalgic classics in popular music at the beautiful and historic setting of the San Juan Capistrano Mission. For info, call (949) 2341317.

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Aug. 2: Cash'd Out: The Next Best Thing to Johnny Cash including June Carter Cash duets Aug. 16: Kenny Cetera's Chicago Experience Aug. 30: The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute to the Beatles with “Ed Sullivan” The San Juan Summer Nites Concert Series offers live music, dancing, a youth activity and hang out area, an expo for local businesses to network, great food from local restaurants on site and a beer and wine wagon. Bring a lawn chair, blanket and jacket to Historic Town Center Park from 6 to 8pm! For info, call (949) 493-5911.

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LAGUNA NIGUEL The Laguna Niguel Concerts in the Park include a variety of music from tribute bands of well-known, classic artists. Park at the City Hall and hop on the free shuttle with a lawn chair and blanket, ready to enjoy some summer music at the Crown Valley Community Park. All concerts last from 6:30 to 8:30pm. For info, call (949) 362-4351. Aug. 8: The Answer - Classic Rock

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Aug. 22: Tommy Tassi & The Authentics AUGUST 2014




Hosting a Private Party, Corporate Function or Special Event?

Casanova Ristorante provides the perfect ambiance, delicious cuisine and excellent service at very reasonable prices and NO facility fee! Casanova Ristorante has long enjoyed a reputation for authentic, delicious Venetian cuisine, standout service and a warm, inviting ambiance - making it the perfect place for a festive family gathering or a romantic dinner for two. But until recently, the popular Dana Point didn't open its doors until 3:30 p.m. each afternoon. And while

the beautiful restaurant dining room and cocktail lounge are available from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily for private parties, corporate events, lunchtime seminars, school fundraisers, family reunions and any other special event imaginable.

its still not open to the public before 3:30 p.m., the beautiful restaurant dining room and cocktail lounge are available from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily for private parties, corporate events, lunchtime seminars, school fundraisers, family reunions and any other special event imaginable.

Casanova Ristorante is located at 33585 Del Obispo St. in Dana Point. For more info, call (949) 496-0992, visit www.casanovaristorante.com or email dine@casanovaristorante.com AUGUST 2014




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Open House Sat., August 23rd 12 pm - 3 pm Refreshment and Desserts

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Ceviche Tasting Menu at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel ers, or as a tostada topping and taco filling. Shrimp, octopus, squid, tuna, and mackerel are popular bases for Mexican ceviche. Typically, the marinade ingredients include salt, lime, onion, chili peppers, and avocado. Ceviche usually features Latin American flavors, but Chef Wan has created an Asian-style ceviche by adding a few Asian ingredients such as yuzu, white soy and ponzu.

hef de Cuisine Steve Wan presents an a la carte Ceviche Tasting Menu from September 1 through September 30, 2014. Drawing inspiration from the rich and flavorful regions of Mexico, Peru and Asia, his tasting menu features tuna, rock shrimp, sea bass and scallops, and highlights such ingredients as coconut, sweet chili, candied yam and crispy jicama. The Ceviche Tasting Menu is offered in RAYA, Bar Raya and 180blu, the resort’s outdoor oceanfront lounge.


In Peru, ceviche has been declared to be part of Peru’s national heritage and has even had a holiday declared in its honor. In Mexico and some parts Central America, ceviche is served either in cocktail cups with tostadas, salted crack-

The resort’s resident mixologist, Erin Snider, created several signature cocktails to complement Chef Wan’s ceviche selections. The hand-crafted cocktails include: • Saki Cocktail – a perfect combination of refreshing flavors of mint and ginger, with lingering flavors of the Sake and pear • Caipirinha – a back-to-basics cocktail made with Cachaca (a distilled spirit made from sugarcane juice) the most popular distilled alcoholic beverage in Brazil • Pisco Mule – light and refreshing with a hint of spice • Yuzu Sour – featuring hints of orange, fresh cilantro and a hint of Yuzu juice • Piloncillo Margarita – the Reposado tequila provides a smoky flavor that is balanced by the piloncillo (unrefined Mexican sugar) RAYA, a restaurant concept by acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval, showcases PanLatin Coastal Cuisine prepared with sustainable seafood, local produce, natural and organic meats, and Chef Richard Sandoval’s signature Latin flavors. Raya’s menu is prepared exclusively with fresh, local produce and sustainable seafood. Hawaiian Ahi Tuna and Lobster Tacos are amongst the signature small plates. Latin-inspired large plates include Achiote Salmon, Piloncillo Prawns and Miso Alaskan Black Cod.

For more information, contact The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel at (949) 240-2000 or visit www.ritzcarlton.com/lagunaniguel





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Don't miss the August episode of South County Safari where we not only bring you front row seats, but we take you behind the scenes to one of the greatest shows on earth, The Pageant of the Masters. You'll actually see how these great works of arts literally come to life. Put this on your bucket list and get your tickets to enjoy a day in Laguna Beach at the Festival of Arts. And we'll introduce you to a couple who may just win the title of Greatest Animal Lovers of All Time and their lovable dog Rhubarb.

Watch South County Safari every Saturday at 11 a.m and 9:30 p.m. on Cox Channel 3. AUGUST 2014




New Works Calamity Jane Opens at the Camino Real Playhouse ShowOff! at Camino Real Playhouse is one of those festivals, but more about that in January.

by Tom Scott and Beverly Blake

very play including those by William Shakespeare was a new work at some time. All first time productions have a set of challenges difTheatre people use that term loosely. It may mean a first time production, an ferent from an established play. Musicals have a speunpublished show, or even a show being “workshopped” - that is performed becial set of challenges both to write and to produce. fore a selected audience and then discussed and edited in the process. There must be a great storyline of course, but the musical has the fun challenge of new music, lyrics and dance. Such is the story of Calamity Jane. This isn’t a production of The King and I or West Side Story. Production elements of a first-time musical include music, lyrics, dialogue, costumes, props, choreography, set design and lighting that are, well, new!


For the audience this is an exciting opportunity to see talent at its freshest. Take a chance to enjoy new works every time you have an opportunity.

For the audience this is an exciting opportunity to see talent at its freshest. Take a chance to enjoy new works every time you have an opportunity. You just Some theatres budget for and commission new plays from established playwrights. might be seeing the next big Broadway hit starting Other groups will have festivals or playwriting contests that give a voice to new works. out in your local community theatre!

For tickets, visit www.caminorealplayhouse.org, enter PROMO CODE SCM9 to save $2.50 ticket fee (online only).






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